I’m not sure I have ever seen fish in such fantastic condition as I have seen this year. It started with the early MSW salmon – which were bursting out of their skins, being that well fed – but now the grilse are appearing in the same fabulous condition. We might have to rethink some of the theories about salmon not finding food at sea!
Again we had a week of local fishing (the last before the visitor fishing tenancies are allowed back on next week) and we had another good week of sport with 21 salmon and grilse landed. The vast majority of fish landed were bars of silver running straight off the tide. There were countless plucks and losses as well as the grilse are appearing in numbers now and are soft mouthed and on the move.
Spean Bridge angler Rory Campbell had another good week fishing the odd evening here and there landing fish of 13lbs, 11lbs, 12lbs and 4lbs. But John Macisaac had a true red-letter day on Friday (a day when there were as many fish running through as I have seen for a long time) and had a daily total of 4 with two over-sized fat grilse from the Falls Pool, a salmon of 10lbs from Garrabouie Stream and another grilse of 5lbs from Upper Camisky.
Many other local anglers were successful this week but heaviest fish of the week was a stunning fresh summer salmon of at least 15lbs that fell to Richard Macdonald in Falls Pool.
Final mention must go to young Josh Diuguno who landed the first salmon of fishing career on Mucomir Pool – a cracking wee grilse of 4lbs. Well done him and here’s to many many more in the years to come!